Portraits of toddlers
One of the bigger challenges is photographing toddlers and young children. When you get the shot Mom likes, then all the work going into it is well worth it. Some key points in preparing for a shoot:
1. Have a detailed plan, then throw it out!
2. Make a general plan.
3. Be flexible and go with the flow.
4. Have fun and keep it no longer than 45 minutes to an hour.
5. Follow the children around a safe outside area with good lighting (close to the golden hour). You will find them being themselves, showing all their personality and individuality.
6. Shoot from their level of view like in 2-3' off the ground.
7. Parents should always be close by to supervise all the children's activities.
Fun new inexpensive toys pulled out when the kids are "finished" is a must. Pre-approved candy and snacks also help rejuvenate both the children and the photographer.
Challenging? Sure! Rewarding - you bet!
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